Rabies Alert Issued After Woman Brings Raccoon Into North Dakota Bar

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MADDOCK, N.D. (AP) — A pistillate walked into a North Dakota barroom carrying a raccoon, starring wellness officials to pass those who had interaction with the carnal astir imaginable rabies exposure.

Bartender Cindy Smith said she was serving drinks astatine the Maddock Bar past week erstwhile a section nonmigratory brought successful the carnal during blessed hour. There were astir 10 radical successful the saloon astatine the time, she said.

Smith said she instantly asked the pistillate to permission but alternatively she took the raccoon astir the barroom to amusement different customer. The pistillate yet departed with the carnal aft astir 5 minutes.

“We yet got her retired with it, and that’s each that happened,” Smith told The Bismarck Tribune. “It ne'er near her arms 1 time, and determination was perfectly nary biting.”

Maddock is municipality of astir 500 radical located astir 85 miles (137 kilometers) from the Canadian border.

Rabies is simply a viral corruption that affects mammals, including humans. In an alert issued Tuesday, North Dakota’s Health and Human Services Department is asking anyone who whitethorn person been bitten oregon had interaction with the raccoon’s saliva to question aesculapian care.

“Because rabies is specified a superior illness with a astir 100% fatality rate, we are making this accusation disposable to the nationalist arsenic a precautionary measure,” epidemiologist Amanda Bakken said successful a statement.

Six rabid animals person been reported successful North Dakota this year, including 2 bats, 2 cats, 1 bovine and 1 skunk.

Said Smith, “I had nary thought what she was thinking.”

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